I had such an increase in traffic over the last few days that I decided to cruise my stats and found some neat features in WordPress in the process.
I had to dig around to find the stats because it had been a while since I’d bothered to look. I logged in to my blog and then on the ribbon at the very top, I clicked on “My Account” and selected “Global Dashboard.” Then I clicked on “Blog Stats” and voilà! (Of course, a glance at “My Dashboard” shows me that I can also access my “Blog Stats” from there too. LOL)
Blog stats showed me a number of interesting things:
- A nice little flash line graph that shows my traffic flow over a period of days, weeks, or months. It’s nice to see spikes!
- Referrers–“People clicked links from these pages to get to your blog.”
- Search Engine Terms–“These are terms people used to find your blog.”
- Blog Stats–Summary of total views, my busiest day, views today, and totals of posts, comments, categories, tags, and how much spam my blog has been protected from.
- Top Posts & Pages–“These posts on your blog got the most traffic.”
- Clicks–“Your visitors clicked these links on your blog.”
- Incoming Links–Shows what other web pages have directly linked to my blog.
This is handy information for evaluating your own blog. Sometimes I wonder whether leaving certain pages up on my blog is worthwhile, well, now I can see that directly by looking at my top posts and pages or by looking at the clicks. It’s also interesting to see how people go about getting to my blog, what search terms they enter, etc. Such a neat feature!
I mentioned the fact that I could see what search engine terms people use to find my blog to a friend and he said, “There goes privacy!” I had to laugh because I understand the concern. I know he visited my blog today but I still don’t know exactly how HE got there. His stats are shuffled in along with others who viewed my blog today. Even though I can see how people get to my blog, I still don’t know their identity. The fact is that readers are still anonymous unless they choose to leave a comment and put their name in.